Ernakulam Collector orders probe into fish kill in Periyar

Updated - May 22, 2024 12:44 am IST

Published - May 21, 2024 09:15 pm IST - KOCHI

District Collector N.S.K. Umesh has set up a committee comprising officials of various departments to probe the massive fish kill in the Periyar.

The committee will be led by Sub Collector, Fort Kochi, and includes officials of the State Pollution Control Board (PCB), Irrigation, Industries, Health and Fisheries departments, and the Kerala Water Authority. The team is expected to submit its report within a week.

PCB officials, who attended a meeting convened by the Collector on Tuesday, claimed that a dip in oxygen levels following the opening of shutters of the Pathalam regulator-cum-bridge might have resulted in the fish kill. Mr. Umesh asked them to examine CCTV footage in the industrial area to ascertain whether there was illegal discharge of effluents into the river.

Samples of the polluted water and dead fish have been sent to the central lab at the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies. The results are expected in a week. The Director of Fisheries will estimate the loss suffered by fish farmers following the fish kill.

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